Bucs Lose Key Rookie Receiver Because of Wet Field

TAMPA, Fla – The Buccaneers’ game against the Lions on Friday night was delayed an hour due to weather and that meant they were warming up for kickoff on a wet field when they got the green light to play.

“When we were in the team segment [of warm-ups] — four plays — and it’s just, the tempo of that is probably 60 percent tempo,” Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter said. “On the second or third play — first play, maybe, of team — Serge planted and he got back on his heels.

“It [was] a wet field [and] he looked to me like he slipped. I just thought he got his weight back and slipped; but the way he went down, he was immediately pointing at his foot. I thought maybe he was cramping. I guess when he planted, he either dislocated or broke his ankle.”

Koetter said Bailey underwent surgery Saturday afternoon and was placed on injured reserve.


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